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  • May 2nd, 2007

    Red Sox 4, Oakland 5–in 10 Innings:
    OK, what just happened here??

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:33 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    Were the Sox not leading 4-2 going into the 9th inning at Fenway, with Papelbon on the mound? Is this not practically a guarantee of success? Apparently not–not on a night where Jonathan Papelbon throw 35 pitches, strikes out no one and gives up a 2 run homer to .190 hitting rookie Travis Buck in the 9th inning…and then Brendan Donnelly gave up the winning run in the 10th inning. Prior to last night, neither had given up a run yet this season…

    So I guess the pristine 1.07 ERA logged by the bullpen in the last 17 games is pretty much toast?

    Which is unfortunate, cause Curt Schilling pitched very well, going 7 strong, and only giving up 2 runs on 8 hits, walking none and striking out 7. But he keeps its all in perspective: “We had the best record in the big leagues in April and I don’t think we have any complete games..Our bullpen has been phenomenal. No matter how well you line it up, this is the big leagues. It doesn’t always work out the way you want it to.”

    And the bottom of the 9th certainty did not work out the way the Sox wanted it to: Coco and Lugo (sounds like a band from the 80′s, like Peaches and Herb) both grounded out with Eric Hinske on 3rd and Alex Cora on 2nd. But it is amusing to note that Alex Cora was intentionally walked when he came in as a pinch hitter in the 9th–must have made his day…

    Not so fast: In his daily meet and greet with the press Tuesday, Terry Francona put the brakes on any ideas that Jon Lester will bump Julian Tavarez from the rotation next week: “I have seen and heard some things written about Julian not being in the rotation…I don’t think those are real correct. The number one responsibility is to Lester and his long-term health. You can kind of read into that what you want.” So apparently, Jon will continue to work in Pawtucket until such time as he doesn’t…great…His next start is tonight vs Indianapolis, which will be his last start with a strict pitch count, probably about 90-100…

    Tonight: Smokin’ Josh Beckett will go for win #6 tonight in the final game of this short series vs Oakland (can you HAVE a rubber match in a 2 game set). He toes the mound at 7:05pm

    One Response to “Red Sox 4, Oakland 5–in 10 Innings:
    OK, what just happened here??”

    1. Ted D says:

      Hey Christine:

      I thought the same thing you did: did I just see Pap give up a Home Run? Well, he can’t be perfect all year, but it was still strange to see. And Curt pitched his tail off last night: it’s a shame he did not get the W.

      Hope you are good,

      Ted

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